How to check to see if gas stove has been converted to propane
This is an older stove I bought at an auction for our hunting camp. It's a Caloric RLS343. I can see that it is marked on the label that it was set in the factory for natural gas. I was wondering if there was any way for me to check to see if it had been converted to propane already? I have tried to find some info on the net about converting stoves to propane, and was wondering if this model was one I could do myself. It has a little square regulator under the lid. But I couldn't see anywhere where you could adjust it. Maybe it needs to be replaced? Any input would be great.
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First check the regulator valve on the back of the stove. Chances are it is a dual purpose valve and once you are ready to do the converstion.. you simply will move the lever or change the setting from LP to NAT.(obvisouly before proceeding you need to have the fuel supply turned off to the appliance)
Next check under the range lid or on the back of the stove for the spare NATural gas orifices.. when they changed it out for you there were two scenarios.. the range (most do) came with a set of LP orifices..and they simply changed these out on each burner supply including brolier/oven. (orifices are interchangeable nozzles that are threaded into the supply gas burner)
If they had to swap out the regulator chances are they would have given you the one that came with your stove.. However I am fairly sure the regulator is a dual purpose and you simply need to change the setting from LP to NAT.
DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT CHANGING OUT THE ORIFICES FIRST.
If you cannot locate the spare orifices/spud/nozzles (they are called all of these) on the stove itself you will need to buy a set. A good appliance parts store will be able to help you with these.. again.. you will need one for each burner/burner supply.
If you can locate the range manual it will have instructions on how to do this.
Chances are your Natural Gas company will be able to help you with this.. especially if the regulator is dual purpose.. even if you can't find the orifices they are inexpensive.. fairly standard and easy to acquire. Usually just called a "conversion kit".. it will just consist of four or five small threaded 5/16 brass nozzles/orifices. The installation is pretty straightforward. Again..a good appliance parts store may recommend a service company...and if your not familiar with diy repairs on a gas appliance.. a 50 to 100 dollar service call is well worth the money.
It might be even easier than you think! In some areas, propane vendors will convert your stove over for free. If not, they will (the major local companies) have the necessary orifices, and will gladly assist you in making the swap. Try them first, then kick back with a lemonade while they do the work! (I just hope that they WILL do it for you!) If not, like I said, they'll have the materials. I used our local propane company to convert a grill from NatGas to propane, and they had everything I needed, and offered to do it for me. Plenty of free support from them. Best regards, --W/D--
Hi, The caloric ranges use diferent types of pilot igniters, to avoid any further delays, I suggest geting the model number off the stove usually located under the stove's top, you don't need any tools just lift the range top(like when you are going to clean it) the model number is located usually on a metal plate in between the burners, or if it's not there , it will be inside the oven around the door liner or the oven liner. When you do locate the model, just go to the repair clinic.com website and type in the model number, follow instruction after that. see the following figure it might help in locating the model number:
Go on line to westing house.com and look up your model, go to the help page and ask for their assistance, gas is not something to fool around with, I suspect it is the orifice that have not been converted to propane, I had a similar problenm with the stove top burners, and the orifices needed to be changed to (converted ) to run on propane gas.Some times manufactures send the converter orfices but most of the time you have to ask for them if you are running on propane, most stoves are set up for natural gas not propane.Most of the time the store clerks don't ask you if you will be running on propane , you have to tell them and the professional who installs the unit needs to install the orifices. Please be careful! If you installed the stove your self, you need to contact a professional installer to correctly adjust these .
It will be necessary to change the top burner orifices when converting to propane. You should be able to light the top burners with a match or lighter, however, the oven will need proper operating voltage.